In a world full of races, it is sometimes hard to maintain a positive outlook. Winning one race can be attributed to having a good day. Winning a second can be attributed to luck. But winning a third goes beyond just a serendipitous moment. The superstitious would say this type of favor only comes when the stars align; something that doesn’t happen too often.
Even if you don’t follow horse racing, it was virtually impossible not to hear about thoroughbred, American Pharoah, as he walked away with the Triple Crown championship this past summer since the last time it was conquered in 1978. The most prestigious championship a thoroughbred could win didn’t come easy. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes were the three races American Pharoah competed in and won, that brought him the Triple Crown victory.
So is it all pure luck or does talent play a bigger role?
Thirty seven years is the amount of time that passed from the last Triple Crown victory up until American Pharoah took the prize. If talent is was it is all about then we would be suggesting that in 37 years there has been no other horse that possessed the giftedness to win the championship. Highly unlikely!
Skill is not the only thing that guarantees the win. As a matter of fact, the Irish got it right in their proverb:
the best horse does not always win the race”.
Though there will always be pre-race favorites, we must remember that talented horses lose races they should be winning every day.
So if it’s not just luck and it’s not just talent, then what makes for a Triple Crown victory?
I believe the answer to that would be timing.
Every horse has its time and every person has there moment.
You see, it’s not just about speed and endurance, although this too is tested in the race. But it is more so about being in the right place at the right time. There is something about being divinely positioned that sets us up for the victory. Then and only then does the super invade our natural to align us for the win.
There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven- Ecclesiastes 3:1 Amplified